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The Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Student Request for CARES Emergency Assistance

Montgomery College has fully awarded its CARES Act funds. We are no longer accepting applications. See other financial assistance options

The Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) was signed into law on March 27, 2020, to provide emergency assistance and economic stabilization funds to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Part of the CARES Act (Section 18004) provides approximately $14 billion in U.S. Department of Education funding for colleges and universities through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” In accepting HEERF grants, institutions of higher education are required to sign a certification and agreement affirming that at least fifty percent of the funds will be provided as emergency student financial aid grants, while the remaining fifty percent may be used by the institution to cover certain expenses related to the change in instruction due to the coronavirus.

MC Grant

Montgomery College’s CARES Act HEERF grant is $10,995,749 as follows:

  • Award Number: P425E202618
  • Certification and agreement signed: April 19, 2020
  • Federal funding period: April 24, 2020 to April 23, 2021
  • Purpose: to provide emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare).
  • Students will need to submit an application for the CARES Act HEERF emergency grant.
  • This initiative will be 100 percent funded by the Department of Education’s HEERF grant.
  • The Department of Education requires that HEERF grantees post their reports on the use of funds on their websites. Montgomery College will post its reports as PDF documents.
  • Award Number: P425F203423
  • Certification and agreement signed: May 19, 2020
  • Federal Funding Period: May 21, 2020 to May 20, 2021
  • Purpose: to cover eligible costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
  • It is anticipated that this initiative will be 100 percent funded by the Department of Education’s HEERF grant.
  • The Department of Education requires that HEERF grantees post their reports on the use of funds on their websites. Montgomery College will post its reports as PDF documents.

In addition to the Student Aid and Institutional Portion HEERF grants, the U.S. Department of Education allocated supplemental HEERF grants for institutions of higher education that are one of the following: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP), or Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). Montgomery College is a Minority Serving Institution, and therefore has received an additional grant as follows:

  • Award Number: P425L200469
  • Certification and agreement signed: June 2, 2020
  • Federal funding period: June 10, 2020 to June 9, 2021
  • Purpose: to defray expenses incurred as a result of a transition distance education and/or for student emergency assistance grants
  • It is anticipated that this initiative will be 100 percent funded by the Department of Education’s HEERF grant.
  • The Department of Education requires that HEERF grantees post their reports on the use of funds on their websites. Montgomery College will post its reports as PDF documents.

For additional information about CARES Act HEERF grants, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s websitenew window.

Reports for the CARES Act HEERF Grants

Student Assistance

Institutional and MSI

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